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China seen sustaining record fintech investments, Accenture says

The country’s financial-services giants will probably ramp up investments in areas including artificial intelligence, blockchain, so-called big data and cyber-security to improve their product offerings, Albert Chan, managing director of China financial services at Accenture, said in an interview last week. More money will go into technology such as robo advisors, online lending and investment&hel... »

Sandhata Technologies becomes a DevOps consultancy

Sandhata Technologies becomes a DevOps consultancy

Sandhata Technologies, a London-based technology consultancy that previously specialised in service virtualization implementations, has expanded its focus to include DevOps transformations. As part of this shift, the firm has partnered with XebiaLabs, a DevOps tooling specialist. The company has a focus on clients in the financial sector, which include RBS, Deutsche Bank, and Bank of… »

Lloyds makes the jump from service virtualization to full DevOps

Lloyds makes the jump from service virtualization to full DevOps

Lloyds Bank is closing a pioneering test service virtualization centre of excellence so it can focus on a full shift to DevOps and continuous delivery, according to Paul Downing, senior manager of QA environments for the Lloyds Banking Group. The bank established the centre three years ago to accelerate the use of virtualization across the… »

Amazon Web Services errors disrupt big part of the internet

Amazon Web Services reported "high error rates" with its S3 service, which it describes as a "simple storage solution" that can be used to house data, manage web applications and host software that customers can download via the internet. S3 is used by nearly 150,000 websites, including ESPN.com and aol.com, according to SimilarTech.com, which profiles… »

HPE’s Whitman Struggles in Shift to Smaller Size, Cloud Pressure

Whitman on Thursday cut the company’s adjusted profit forecast for the current fiscal year, missing analysts’ estimates. At the same time, Hewlett Packard Enterprise reported sales that missed projections for the third consecutive quarter. Though citing some challenges beyond her control, Whitman said she pushed some executives too hard while the information technology provider frees… »

Big banks declare war on PayPal’s Venmo

Nineteen banks, including Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo, are teaming up to start Zelle, a website and app that will let users send and request money much as Venmo does. Bank of America says it is the first to incorporate all of Zelle's capabilities—including the ability to split bills between users—into its own mobile app,… »

Machine learning and QA: using data to super-charge testing

Shalini Chaudhari, Accenture

Artificial intelligence - the term that loosely applies to a range of technologies that mirror human cognitive functions - could be a valuable tool for quality assurance. But if AI is going to lead to a paradigm shift in the way software is tested, that shift is still some time away, according to Andreas Golze,… »

Cyber Security Firm’s 50 Percent Drop Fuels Takeover Talk

In a statement issued late Tuesday, the company announced a review into its assurance division, which performed below expectations, and cut its full-year profit outlook by 20 percent. NCC shares were down 20 percent at 101 pence at 2:50 p.m. in London. The company’s market capitalization, which stood at just over 1 billion pounds ($1.18… »

Automation specialist TestPlant hires new CEO from Plat.One

Automation specialist TestPlant hires new CEO from Plat.One

London-based test automation specialist TestPlant has appointed John Bates as CEO, replacing George Mackintosh, who joins the company board as non-executive director. TestPlant was founded in 2008 and has positioned itself as a medium-sized test automation firm, prioritising automation for mobile apps and its key eggPlant testing tool. It numbers Citigroup, Nationwide and Banco Sabadell… »

Banks to Test London Gold-Trading Platform in Transparency Push

Banks to Test London Gold-Trading Platform in Transparency Push

Several banks will be asked to input mock trades into the platform built by Autilla Inc. which will then feed into a new trade data repository developed by Boat Services Ltd., Autilla Chief Executive Officer Mike Greenacre said. Testing may take up to four weeks and the platform may start around late March. The two… »

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